People in Regina will soon have their say on ride-sharing services.
The province tabled legislation last month that paved the way for companies like Uber and Lyft to begin setting up operations within Saskatchewan.
Mayor Michael Fougere said once the legislation has been passed, the city will begin public consultation to determine Regina residents’ feelings on the topic.
He said a discussion will need to happen involving criminal record checks for employees and licensing.
“It looks very much like we’re moving in this direction. How we actually implement that, how we will license and zone where they will be in the city, will be subject to public consultation,” Fougere told Gormley Tuesday.
Fougere said the city would also talk to those within the taxi industry.
He noted comments from those within the city have been positive and can help find a solution to a problem prominent in the city.
“When you look at drinking and driving … ride-sharing basically is a way to give people another choice.”
Fougere indicated he feels having competition within the city is a good thing.
“Providing competition in any environment breeds excellence, when we have competition we will get a better service all-around.”
Fougere said he fully believes both the taxi industry and ride-sharing companies can co-exist within the city, with clients deciding who they want to use.
The City of Regina will also look at how other cities have fared with the ride-sharing companies, and what regulations they use.